President Jim Schmidt welcomed everyone in attendance.  Bob Zarling, had shared information with Jim about a Polio Plus video that would be broadcast on Facebook live at the same time as the Mesa West Zoom meeting.  Jim shared his screen so that live broadcast would be the program for the day.  CLICK HERE to watch a recording of the presentation.
 
To take advantage of the Bill and Melinda Gate Foundation Polio Plus $2/$1 match and make three times the difference with Rotary's largest project, CLICK HERE.
 
Following the live video, DG David Simmer was welcomed to the meeting to promote some upcoming events (see separate article in this newsletter for registration links) to take place in our district during the virtual RI International Convention.  Even though there is no cost, registration is required for many of the planned activities.  One of the events David discussed was virtual hospitality suites.  Pam Cohen volunteered to set up a hospitality suite hosted by Mesa West Rotary.
 
Rotary Minute - John Pennypacker
John followed up on his presentation a few weeks ago when he explained that the District Council on Legislation would have to be held virtually this year.  Changes in Bylaws, elections to fill vacancies in leadership positions in the District, etc. are typically made at a live gathering of delegates during the District Convention.  COVID-19 social distancing prevented that type of large gathering the Bylaws committee had to come up with a virtual option.  It proved to be "a lesson in leadership perseverance."  John thanked Jeanie for helping him obtain contact information for the final reluctant Rotarians.  John was successful in receiving ballots from 100% of the delegates.
 
He had sent 91 ballots on May 18-19.  He finally received names of three more delegates and sent their ballots May 29.  Thirty-three delegates responded within two days.  Seventy-two had responded by the end of May.  With tenacity and resolve, John tracked down the outstanding delegates and finally got them all.  Ninety-three ballots received were exactly the same.  There were two ballots that did not follow that trend.  All the votes were Yes/No votes.
 
Announcements
  • Wendell Jones announced that he has accepted the responsibility of chairing the program committee for PE Dan Coons.  He invited Rotarians to submit program ideas to him.  Click on his name to send him your idea.
  • There will be no meeting on June 25 because of all the Rotary International and District Activities going on that week.
  • There will be no meeting on July 2.
  • Next week, June 18, Colton Cagle, one of the two outbound Youth Exchange students sponsored by Mesa West this year will present our program.
Presidential Humor
Lexophilia is a form of addition describing those who are obsessively enamored of words, especially those set in a new framework. Examples include "you can tune a piano, but you can't tuna fish", or "to write with a broken pencil is pointless."   A competition to see who can come up with the best lexophiles is held every year in an undisclosed location. This year's submissions are as follows. The winning submission is posted at the very end:
  • When fish are in schools, they sometimes take debate.
  • A thief who stole a calendar got twelve months.
  • The batteries were given out free of charge.
  • A dentist and a manicurist married.  They fought tooth and nail.
  • A will is a dead giveaway.
  • With her marriage, she got a new name and a dress.
  • A boiled egg is hard to beat.
  • When you've seen one shopping center you've seen a mall.
  • Police were summoned to a day-care center where a three-year-old was resisting a rest.
  • Did you hear about the fellow whose entire left side was cut off? He's all right now.
  • A bicycle can't stand alone; it's just two tired.
  • When a clock is hungry it goes back four seconds.
  • The guy who fell onto an upholstery machine is now fully recovered.
  • He had a photographic memory which was never developed.
  • When she saw her first strands of grey hair she thought she'd dye.
  • Acupuncture is a jab well done.  That's the point of it.
  • And the cream of the twisted crop:  Those who get too big for their pants will be totally exposed in the end.